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Ana Quirós

Ana Quirós

HRD and Director
Centre for Health Information and Advisory Services

Ana Quirós is a feminist woman human rights defender, an expert in Public Health and director of the non-governmental organisation Centre for Health Information and Advisory Services (Centro de Información y Servicios de Asesoría en Salud, Cisas). She is a Costa Rican and Nicaraguan citizen, who has worked for the past 40 years in Nicaragua, where she promotes socio-cultural rights, healthy recreation and human rights of teenagers, youth, mothers and fathers.

Local human rights defenders are facing smear campaigns led by public officials, death threats, attacks and judicial harassment. Women human rights defenders working to advance sexual and reproductive rights as well as combating violence against women and girls have been particularly targeted by pro-government forces, as the feminist movement remains one of the most well organised networks pressing not only for women's human rights but also against corruption and authoritarianism.